Testimonials & Kind Words for Vipassana and our Facilitator
And please visit "The Power of Vipassana" article with more testimonials of Vipassana Meditation.
Additional LINKS for Important Retreat Documents:
- Vipassana Retreat 'Home' Tier
- Retreat Application
- Rules of Conduct for 10-day Retreats
- Waiver of Liability/ Release Form
- Volunteering Options
- Photos of Food & Accommodations
- Meditation Timetable
- Past Vipassana New World Retreats
- Self-Guided Long-Course Sittings
- Example 10-day retreat
- Articles and videos regarding 'Vipassana' and what it is.
Regarding our Retreats:
“…I feel like I have hit a reset button and this past weekend at your 2-day meditation retreat helped me become aware of a lot of issues I have been battling with…thanks again.”
-Jason, El Paso, TX
"Vipassana has been the single most effective tool I have added to my life in the last decade. It is a simple, calming meditation technique that I find time to do for an hour about once per week, and the benefits are varied and immediate. Physically, my body releases tension and stress, which translates immediately as increased flexibility and breathing capability in my regular workouts. Emotionally, I am a much calmer parent - my 3 year old appreciates that! Mentally I am much clearer, and spiritually I am connected to source for at least a couple of days after a session, a great feels that inspires me to keep finding the time to practice."
-R.T., Yoga Instructor, Mom, Sales, Houston, TX
"Hi! I cannot tell you the big fat difference my 10 day is making in my life. I have many opportunities to cave into the stress and demands of this new semester and I am staying peaceful! I cannot believe it! I have even meditated in the stairwell between floors at school before class starts. Sitting for 20 minutes with your voice in my ears. Even if I can only grab 15 mins before bed, I am doing it. I was even able to directly and kindly tell an instructor I felt she was speaking to me in a disrespectful manner without an edge in my tone or the inevitable emotional meltdown that would've followed for sure. I simply spoke my truth and it was received beautifully and all was right as rain! THANKYOU some more!!"
Patty R., Florida
"John (head facilitator) is an incredible being of Light. His enthusiasm for living is contagious. Please do not let his young age deter you. As a Teacher he has the amazing ability of active listening and he incorporates your questions and comments into his lesson plan. I have attended several of his workshops and all of them have been very beneficial to my personal development at the time.
His Vipassna Meditation Retreat is beneficial to beginners as well as Adepts at Meditation. We had a very diverse group. I had been meditating myself for 17 years prior to the retreat and I came to a whole new level of Understanding regarding the use of my energy. There were also beginners who were wary of their capability to meditate. I had several people comment that I had a lovely glow after the retreat I was much more Peaceful. From a personal point of view I would say I was much more Centered Grounded and Expanded. I highly recommend it and am looking forward to being able to attend myself once again in the near future."
-Gwen C., Houston, TX, Spiritual Teacher & Reader
“Loved it (10-day retreat) very much so. It is very in line with the style of yoga I daily practice, so it deepened everything tremendously. The facilitator was peaceful, supportive, knowledgable, and a living flow. During the discourses, I would ask questions silently in my mind, and soon after he would answer my questions in the form of a story to our group. He was very connected."
Krystle T, Sedona, AZ, Yoga Instructor
“How simple but how effective it (Vipassana) is, is my favorite part. My favorite part of the teacher was how loving and compassionate above and beyond.”
Karen K., Houston, TX
"$200 for an entire weekend is a no brainer…you can barely get a decent hotel for that price."
Laurie R., Executive Assistant, Houston, TX
“What I liked most about this retreat was the opportunity to stay in silence. It helped me stay peaceful and the techniques I learned were powerful.”
-Anna, Las Vegas, Hotel Industry
"That Sunday I returned home after the retreat, I had felt more peace than I had in years. I thank you for this experience."
-T. M., grandmother, Houston, TX
"The experience was beautiful because I could observe my emotions with more courage; it was an experience of energy that circulated throughout my body that I had never felt before. I never knew I could begin to fall in love with myself so deeply."
-N. D., female, nurse, Las Vegas
“During my experience, as you might have witnessed, I went through a lot of release of emotions. The first 3 days were the most difficult for me..for sitting still for a more than 10 min is a challenge for me to begin with. A lot of the releases were attachments that came up..
It's always nice to receive love from others; however, finding the love for myself first is most important. How can others love me if I don't love myself?
The holding of emotions with my mother- I found during the meditation, I was holding lots of anger and frustration with my mother in my belly.
You did an amazing job! I felt very safe and comfortable with you as my guide during the retreat. I feel that you were attentive, supportive, and willing to help during any challenges. The food was exquisite. and I now find it easier to drop into meditation.
Much love to you Jan! Bless bless bless!
KA, Houston, TX, Student & Teacher, (testimonial written one month post 10-day retreat)
Regarding our Weekly Tele-Sittings and Tele-Coaching:
"I love that you are doing this. I am so grateful. I am already noticing changes in my heart. I think being connected at this time as I go through these things in my life is another beautiful life line for me.
Hearing your soothing voice giving your gentle guidance takes me back to the beautiful Sedona experience and makes me feel very in tune with the Universe.
I am so grateful. I feel like I understand what vipassana is supposed to do for me here. When I get stuck I realize it is usually my attachment to the outcome or wanting the person to act differently towards me that creates the disharmony inside me. So I am really working at this time to clear out my attachment to things being different than they are. I want to be a peaceful participant in my life.
I will forever be so grateful that I came across the YouTube video that led me to you and Sedona and giving me this tool to heal my life."
"The (telephone) coaching of prosperity was quite beneficial. I was reminded of some tools I had not used in many years as well as some new ones that were quite profound. My personal income increased dramatically while attending this month long prosperity course.
...John is also a lot of Fun to work with and I look forward to being able to work with him again in the future. Hugs and Many Blessings!"
-Gwendolyn C., Houston, TX, Spiritual Reader
"Thank you so much!!! This (relaxation) could not have come at a better time!! I am feeling that yucky hot sticky feeling again!! Starting to crave chocolate & anything with bread!!
Can we jump right into the meditation part of your call??? I usually miss it because of the kids. I so miss those guided meditations!!! Thank you!!!"
-Angela P., Houston, TX, Sales
“Working with the (weekly tele-coaching) and Jan Tijmes has been a great experience for me that helped me realize the importance of taking time to work on me- instead of the hundred other things that I gave priority to in my daily life. Jan’s clear and gentle observations allowed for excellent coaching and guidance, which continue to provide me important words and exercises to reflect and meditate on. Jan is truly gifted in his discipline, enlightenment, and coaching skills; he has boundless energy.
The (telephone coaching) continues to provide excellent support for me through out the week through the scheduled “phone parties.” Participating in the phone conferences helps me stay focused on my own positive path while sharing my experiences with others. Jan is a wonderful guide as he teaches peace, love, and acceptance. He is connected to the truth and reminds us we are all students and encourages through trust and example to exist on the “Positive Path.”
-Lora C., Winnemucca, NV, Geologist
“It’s like an electric magnet when it discharges and everything stuck to it falls off completely. That’s what your guided relaxations are like; all my day’s stress and thoughts fall off me.”
-Alan, Houston, banker and physicist
Regarding our One-on-One Emotional Healing for Codependency, Self-Worth (Prosperity Coaching), and 'Angel' Healings:
"My experience with Jan was ground breaking.
With his help, I had identified two long term relationship issues that were at impossible stages.
After working on me for about an hour with the Angel healing and chakra balancing, every muscle in my body was very sore as if I had just been to the gym and when I would bring those two issues back into my mind, they didn't seem as potent "hot buttons" anymore.
As my day continued, I rested and drank lots of water and at the end of the day I was able to do something that I never felt I could have done given the way things were before, I wrote a letter to each of these strained relationships seeking forgiveness and reconciliation hoping for better communication in the future.
Jan's technique is very effective. Healer's need healing too, we are not excluded from the human experience at all and Jan is a wonderful healer of healers if I may add this to his resume."
-Bryan W., Consultant, Mt. Shasta & Oklahoma
"My first angel healing session focused on all the emotions and family stresses from finding out my mom had terminal cancer. Clearing out energy blockages helped tremendously, and my releases and healing rippled through to all of the family, allowing us to come together as cohesively and positively as possible during that time. The effects of that session remain to this day, a fact for which I am forever grateful."
-Rosey, Houston, TX
“Jan is a very comforting presence. I feel as though I can speak to him what's on my mind and be completely heard. Then, the soul healing can begin.”
-Stephen F., Houston, TX, Choir Instructor
“I am impressed in Jan's ability to guide 1 how to traverse the disparity between even every day stress & inner peace. He emphasizes the role of Karma & humbly recognizes practical value in Spiritual connection."
-‘kingwoodguy’ posted on Meetup.com’s “Ongoing Psychic Development Group”
“…you (are) doing what you love best; guiding & teaching are your expertise. You have a wonderful way expressing & it comes so natural, with much love & wisdom.”
Nancy C., Las Vegas, NV, Nurse
"He (Jan) has the knack of reaching into a hat and pulling out options that can save people time and energy. I've felt relief and support knowing my best interest was on the top of his mind.”
Jimmy A., Los Angeles, CA, Teacher
“I find Jan Tijmes to be a delightful being who truly makes an effort to, “walk his talk.” When it comes to spiritual teachers, I find this to be an important and significant attribute.”
Shaeri R., Sedona, AZ, Author & Actress
“Jan is without question the most genuine and positive person I know, and he makes a lasting impression on everyone he meets. I consider myself blessed to be able to call him a friend.”
-Ryan D., Phoenix, AZ, Computer Scientist & Musician
“Jan, it’s wonderful to have such a positive mission."
-Dan Millman, Best-Selling Author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior, www.PeacefulWarrior.com
“Jan is a avid adventurer in the search for the understanding of the soul, and living within a life that truly fits the world as it should be. Jan, thank you for your patience, your scholarly mind, and beautiful outlook on the life we can all live if we continue to better ourselves.”
-Sean Sullivan, New Hampshire, Computer Marketer & Motivational Speaker
“Jan's heart is like a lighthouse. It doesn't matter how deep, dark, or stormy an ocean of pain may be. He's still waiting there, shining, sparkling, and vibrating with the excitement he feels upon sharing his tools for transformation.”
Leah A., Chicago, IL, Yoga Instructor & Healer
“Mr. Positive (Jan Tijmes), You truly are & will continue to be an inspiration & will always touch people’s lives, heart & soul.”
John Holland, International Psychic & Best-Selling Author of Born Knowing, www.JohnHolland.com